7 churches work together to host annual service
SPRINGVILLE, Ont. – Seven area churches came together to light up Christmas for Springdale Country Manor residents and their families again this year.
In the long-term care home’s gathering room, lighted candles, singing, festive decorations and the smell of goodies created a warm celebratory atmosphere on Dec. 15. Family members had joined with residents for the service, filling the room to overflowing.
“For my mother-in-law, who is 90 years old, this (time) had a special meaning to her,” family member Darlene Rose says. “This was a wonderful time of year when she raised her children and enjoyed the Christmas season. So thanks to all the staff who made this possible.”
A choir of residents, led by life enrichment aide Trish Mills, also shared their gifts in music by performing several carols.
“We did have a marvellous time, and we really enjoyed the practices we had,” a resident choir member says.
Practising as a choir created a special bond within the group, Mills said in an earlier interview with The OMNIway. “Some of us can hit some notes and others of us can hit other notes. … But the great thing about a choir is we cover for each other and support each other.
“It’s a communal activity. It draws us together. We wouldn’t be a choir without each other.”
The well-loved poem, T’was the Night Before Christmas, was also read aloud by a resident at the service. The audience enthusiastically joined in filling in words of the poem as the resident paused.
Leaders from the different churches each played a part in the service, from offering a message to leading the singing.
“It’s just working with seniors, sharing God’s love with seniors,” says Rev. Tom Cunningham with Centreville Presbyterian Church when asked what energizes him about working with Springdale residents.
“It’s just good being here. These are people who used to be able to come out to church and now can’t, so the church comes to them, which is only fair.”
The annual Christmas service culminates a year of the seven churches taking turns to host weekly services at the Springville long-term care home.
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